Origin of breastwork
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Examples from the Web for breastwork
He was behind a boulder, not too dissimilar to Calhoun's breastwork.Pariah Planet
The breastwork was about five feet high, and was absolutely unclimbable.Saint Bartholomew's Eve
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All the miners rushed to the breastwork save one, and that was Seth.Picked up at Sea
None of them, however, showed any signs of returning to the breastwork.
The builders of that breastwork were before my eyes, and apparently just resting from their labours.
- fortifications a temporary defensive work, usually breast-highAlso called: parapet
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Word Origin and History for breastwork
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